The City of Las Cruces has issued a Request for Proposals for design work on the next phase of a walking trail construction and upgrading project.
Two years ago city voters, by a 57 percent margin, approved a general obligation bond providing $2.7 million to both build new trails as well as bringing up to date existing trails.
Altogether, the trail system in the city, used by joggers, walker, and bike-riders, comprises nearly 40 miles.
Work building and upgrading some 13 miles of the system along the Elephant Butte Irrigation District irrigation canals was launched earlier this year.
Other trails run along Interstate 25 in the city, and the eastern edge of the Rio Grande, as well as through the downtown and Picacho Hill neighborhood.
What is called the Recreational Trail Project has been the subject of several public input meetings conducted by city officials.
The RFP has a submission deadline of June 11.
By Garry Boulard
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